Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today handed over appointment letters to 238 newly-recruited warders at a function organised at Jaydev Bhawan here in Bhubaneswar.
Speaking on the occasion, Patnaik advised the prison administration to follow best practices in jail administration and adopt good practices of other states to transform jails.
“I compliment the prisons directorate and home department for successfully completing the recruitment of the warders. With the availability of 238 warders, the facilities and services inside Jails will get improved further and reforms and rehabilitation of its inmates will be expedited,” the CM said.
“Warders are the most important functionaries in the field in overall jail administration and hence I would like the prisons directorate to take full measures in imparting quality training to them in prison administration and correctional services so that they perform their service-oriented duties responsibly,” he added.
Patnaik further said, “Prison management and correctional services, being important and integral part of the criminal justice system, assume great significance in reformation and rehabilitation of inmates lodged in different Jails. There is no overcrowding in Odisha Jails because of efforts made in the direction of providing legal aid to the inmates. periodical reviews made by District level Judicial, Civil and Jail Administration for tinder Trial Prisoners and biannual review made by State Sentence Review Board,”
“I am happy to note the continuous endeavour is underway to improve the facilities inside the jails such as the construction of new wards for spacious accommodation of inmates, renovation of kitchens, drainage, lighting, provision of purified and cold drinking water, installation or telephones and other infrastructure needed for inmates. I am glad that video conferencing facilities have been established in most of the Jails with the corresponding courts for speedy trial and by the end of current year, all the Odisha Jails will have video conferencing facilities,” he said.
“I wish that Odisha jails should carry on with their best practices in jail administration and also adopt the good practices of other states to transform the Jails of the state. I would expect that all the guidelines and instructions on modern day Jail administration are followed in letter and spirit. I wish the newly-recruited warders all success and hope that by rendering responsible and dedicated service, you will set new examples for jail administration,” the CM added.